We find ourselves today in the Northwest Coast of NL in the fishing port town of Port au Choix. We are staying at a real neat little oceanside RV park run by the Lions Club. We are right on the beach. We had time for a little more sea glass hunting which was again successful. I just wish I could find something of value other than broken glass.
The beach here is totally different than anything I have ever scene. No sand, just thick slabs of granite that are polished by the waves and water. It is beautiful.
We went to the visitors bureau this morning for a little history lesson. It seems that the west shore of Newfoundland was controlled by the French in the 1700's and the rest of Newfoundland was controlled by the English. The fishing grounds were very rich here with Cod. They salted and dried the fish and shipped it back to Europe primarily for the military. It was cheap and would last a long time. The fishermen would come here from Europe and fish for 8 months, then go back. A number of the younger ones didn't like the way they were being treated so they jumped ship and set up residency here.
They and their descendants lived here for many generations.
Around 1954 the Canadian government put three resettlement acts into place. Their problem was that they could not provide, roads, medical, and education to the many small coastal villages that existed. Between 1954 and 1975 they relocated 28000 people to resettlement areas. Port au Choix was one of these areas. The fishing grounds are rich so they invested in the town and large scale fish processing. The families who relocated received between $300.00 and $3000.00 to aid with the cost of their relocation. The resettlement act remains a highly controversial issue in Canada for a host of reasons. To help with the cost of relocation, they actually floated houses in the ocean on empty oil drums. Sometimes successful and sometimes not.
The French were very big on "bread". In the 1700's a sailors daily ration was a loaf of bread. They baked their bread in French Stone Ovens. There is a working oven in town that was really fun to see. They heat the oven for about 2 hours with a wood fire. Then they remove the wood and ash and the bread bakes from the heat buildup in the oven. It only takes about 5 minutes to bake the bread. They served us coffee, tea and the bread with assorted local jams.
Our next stop was the lighthouse where we were welcomed by a small family of caribou.
This little towns name translates to Port Of Choice. It has been settled for over 6000 years for various Aboriginal Tribes. Many burial grounds remain.
We didn't have a lot planned for today but we sure had a great time.
PS-- Thanks to those of you that are checking on our house while Hurricane Dorian is coming our way. We are currently 2563 miles north of Grant, so I think we are out of range. We are saying an extra prayer for all of you that are being impacted.